100 Women We Love 2012

Drum roll, please! We’re excited to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—our most diverse group of out entertainers, artists, athletes, activists, business principals and elected officials yet. Each of these women is a superstar in her own right. Their achievements and contributions shape our lives —and elevate us in the eyes of the world . They’re working to raise LGBT awareness, increase our visibility and quicken our progress toward a just society.

We are extremely proud to present the class of 2012. There are no rankings or numbers. They are all leaders.

Dani Read
“Women are weapons, dress yourself as such.” That’s the battle cry of Dani Read, the Brooklyn-based twentysomething lingerie designer who debuted her own label, FYI (Fuck You Industries) last year. An Indiana native, Read studied at FIT and built her expertise at Marlies Dekkers and Kiki de Montparnasse before launching FYI to address a void in intimate apparel. Rebelling against the industry’s portrayal of women as either “perky pin ups” or “delicate flowers,” Read explains she “chose to go into intimate design because I want lingerie to inspire power and confidence in women, rather than objectify us.” Much more inventive than the typical lacy garments that consumers have come to expect, FYI lingerie is meant to inspire and empower the femme fatale in every woman. Using quality leathers, spikes, studs and silks, Read’s designs now appear in high-end boutiques around the world. As FYI now embarks on its fourth season, Read’s devotees are beginning to expect the unexpected. What sets her apart from other designers? “I think this industry thrives on pressuring women to impress their partners,” Read says. “I design for women to impress themselves.”